For you to run a successful rental investment, you need to know how to attract and retain high-quality tenants, says Paramount Management & Realty. And one way of doing that is by ensuring your property is in good shape at all times.
Rental property maintenance involves a variety of things, including the proper and smooth operation of elements such as plumbing, garbage disposal, heating and cooling systems, and appliances.
Things like gardens, foyers, carpets, doors, and windows also fall under the same category of things that a landlord is responsible for. This is particularly true if you want to minimize vacancies and maximize your income.
If you have reason to believe your windows have become too worn out, replace them as quickly as you can. Replacing your worn-out windows will be good for your property in the long run, as newer windows are very energy efficient and easy to keep clean.
Besides these benefits, the following are other benefits newer windows can give you.
- New windows will keep your tenant more comfortable. They are cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
- They let in more natural light while still blocking out the light that causes unwanted heat.
- They offer improved insulation. This will help keep energy bills down.
- It can help increase the value of your property. This is according to the National Association of Realtors.
- New and improved windows can boost your home’s curb appeal, adding visual interest. This may mean a reduced tenant turnover rate.
- High-quality windows can also help reduce outside noise.
That said, there are many types of windows available for landlords to choose from. And, choosing the right one may not be that easy. Plus, many models, styles, and configurations exist, and they all have their own differences with regard to functionality, durability, and performance.
If you are replacing your rental’s windows, here are some things you need to know. But, first…
How to Tell Your Rental Property Needs New Windows
So, how do you tell your windows have taken a beating from the elements? Well, here are a couple of signs to look out for:
- Difficulty in opening, closing, and locking windows
- Window frames are soft, chipped or water damaged
- There is a draft, even when your windows are closed
- There is a lot of outside noise
With that in mind, here are a couple of things to consider when shopping for the right windows.
Double Pane Windows
Dual-pane windows are made from two panes of glass separated by a spacer that holds trapped gas, such as krypton or argon.
The gas sealed in between the pieces of glass provides substantial energy savings. Nowadays, more double-pane windows feature low-E (low emissivity) glass, which reflects energy and helps keep the home energy-efficient.
Another thing you need to consider when replacing your rental’s windows is the style of windows. Now, there are generally two window styles: crank windows and sliding windows (Single Slider windows and Single Hung windows).
Crank windows, also known as casement windows, are often chosen for tall, narrow window openings. They are designed to open completely to allow air to circulate through the home.
This style offers an airtight close (similar to a refrigerator) and excellent energy efficiency. They are most commonly found in places with an unobstructed view or where maximum ventilation is required.
When it comes to costs, crank windows cost slightly more. Your choice should depend on your specific needs but buying crank windows may be worthwhile in the long-run.
Generally speaking, there are two main types of window installations available. These are: retrofit installation and full-frame installation. In the former, the new window is inserted into the existing frame and the existing frame isn’t altered.
A full-frame installation, on the other hand, involves the entire removal of the old window and all its components and replacing it with a customized window with a new frame.
Because it involves a complete installation of new components, full-frame installation helps address any prior problems that may have existed. This may be a good option if your existing windows are old, broken and/or worn-out.
There you have it. Everything you need to know when replacing your rental’s windows. Whatever your choice though, make sure you choose windows that are energy-efficient and that are going to last for a long time.